Literary Reading

Literary reading at WVC with Katharine Whitcomb and Joseph Powell

Media Contact: Derek Sheffield, English faculty, 509.682.6737, or Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509.682.6436 (Mon. – Thurs.)

Katharine Whitcomb Joseph Powell


A literary reading at Wenatchee Valley College will feature authors Katharine Whitcomb and Joseph Powell on Monday, Feb. 23, in The Grove Recital Hall, Music and Art Center. The reading is at 1 p.m., followed by a book signing and then a question-and-answer session until 3 p.m.

Whitcomb is the author of a collection of poems, Saints of South Dakota & Other Poems, winner of the 2000 Bluestem Award and published by Bluestem Press. She has also published two poetry chapbooks, Hosannas (Parallel Press, 1999) and Lamp of Letters (Floating Bridge Press, 2009), which was the winner of the 2009 Floating Bridge Chapbook Award. She is co-author of a parody self-help book/art piece, co-editor of Cascadia Chronicle: A Geospatial Journal of Place, Environment and Imagination, and of Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology.

Whitcomb lives in Ellensburg and teaches at Central Washington University.

Powell has published seven books: five of poetry, one fiction and one textbook. His most recent poetry collections are Hard Earth (March Street Press, 2010) and Preamble to the Afterlife (2012). He won a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 2009. Powell taught at Central Washington University until his retirement in 2014.

This event is sponsored by the WVC English and Liberal Arts and Sciences departments, and funded by the Alcoa Excellence in Teaching Award and the WVC Foundation.